Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time?

Most Americans are turning their clocks back one hour, a sure sign that the long days of summer are far behind us.

This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour in the spring and adjusting them back an hour in the fall is called daylight saving time. However, because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable!

hyphen is part of the common spelling: daylight-saving time. Often the word “time” is dropped, making the phrase simply “daylight saving.” The acronym DST is also used.

In Italy, the practice is called ora legale, which means “legal time.” It is referred to as “summer time” in British English.

The controversial practice of DST has been around for over a hundred years. The details of the practice vary from place to place and have changed through the decades. One of the original goals of DST was to save electricity, but there are conflicting reports on how effective it is in actually reducing energy usage. Some states refuse to follow this practice: Do you think DST should continue, or is it just a hassle?

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FED-UP DAUGHTER WANTS SIMPLE MEALS web site taco salad recipe

The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) May 6, 1998 | Merri Lou Dobler Staff writer Written words from our children are gifts to treasure. And so, as this Mother’s Day weekend approaches, I share with you a brief essay my 10-year-old daughter wrote when she joined me at the newspaper for Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

May it help you remember with great fondness the Mother’s Day gifts you have received through the years.

My Parents and Food By Tulli Dobler My parents think they know everything, but they really don’t. They go to the store to get some food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and an after-school snack. But whatever they get, I often don’t like. I usually end up telling my mom what to buy for me at the store. If I didn’t tell her, she might choose sushi (for dinner), goat cheese (for lunch) and Fig Newtons (I hate Fig Newtons) for an after-school snack. They will ask me, “What’s wrong with this food?” Sure, I like nutritious food, but some sugar and sweets every now and then can’t hurt. For dinner, a nutritious pile of spaghetti, tacos or a slice of pizza sounds good to me. For lunch, a turkey sandwich with lettuce and a side of Jell-O, and crackers with cheese appeals to me. And for an after-school snack, chocolate chip cookies with milk and strawberries satisfies my friends and me. What really makes me mad is that my parents never learn! I tell them over and over again to buy foods I like, and they come back with tofu and tomato juice. They say that the foods I want are too expensive (like Ho-Ho’s, Twinkies and Nutty Bars). So I go to the store to see what is less expensive. I write it down and give it to my parents. But then they don’t read the list! Here’s a taco salad recipe that has cheese – but not goat cheese – and steers clear of tofu, sushi and fig bars. Taco Salad From “The New York City Marathon Cookbook,” by Nancy Clark (Rutledge Hill Press, 1994). 1/2 to 1 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef or turkey 1 packet taco seasoning 1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, drained 6 ounces fat-free or low-fat tortilla chips 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese 4 cups shredded lettuce 1 cup sliced fresh tomatoes Optional garnish: salsa, low-fat sour cream, guacamole In a skillet, brown the beef or turkey over medium-high heat. Drain the fat. Add the taco seasoning and beans and heat through. In a 2-quart casserole dish, layer in order the tortilla chips, meat mixture, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Top with a dollop of salsa, low-fat sour cream or guacamole if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings. Nutrition information per serving (using extra-lean ground beef): 425 calories, 13 grams fat (28 percent fat calories), 48 grams carbohydrate, 30 grams protein. in our site taco salad recipe

Merri Lou Dobler Staff writer


  1. Joe L. -  March 13, 2016 - 1:03 am

    There’s absolutely no evidence that DST does any good, especially in saving energy…. In fact, it annually costs Americans alone millions of dollars in broken watches, clocks, etc., as well as devices with clocks/timers…. Millions of hours, too, are wasted on adjusting watches, clocks, DVD recorders, etc., etc. No wonder many countries gave up on the daylight SAVING practice and instead have a little more in their SAVINGS accounts! Thank you.

  2. Joe L. -  March 13, 2016 - 12:35 am

    Please, end this godforsaken, idiotic idea and practice with no evidence that it does any good at all. No, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that it is beneficial or it saves energy. In fact it is a nuisance to farmers and schoolchildren…. And, please, leave out the “s” for a savings account and call the PITA daylight-saving time, or just simply DST…. Thank you.

  3. Wayne -  February 27, 2016 - 2:47 pm

    It’s Daylight SAVING Time.

    • Joe L. -  March 13, 2016 - 12:45 am

      Unfortunately, too many speakers have been using the incorrect “savings,” and therefore it’s now supposedly okay, although I myself am going to continue – perhaps even impetuously and impertinently – exclaiming “It’s SAVING!” and correcting people by simply explaining that the plural applies to a bank account….

  4. kerri -  July 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    A lot of people have shared stories about getting confused and messing up because of Daylight Savings time. Here’s one…

    “I was in college and I worked at a local bakery on the weekends. Every Sunday I would get up and head to the bakery and start on setting up for the morning. I was usually the only one there for about an hour before the other staff would come.
    This particular Sunday was the morning after we had to turn the clocks back. I turned my clock back before I fell asleep and proceeded to get up when my alarm went off.
    So I headed to the bakery, dazed from loosing that hour of sleep, opened the door, and started doing my normal work. After about an hour I realized no one else had come into work yet. I was saying to myself “where is everyone?” Another 30 minutes goes by and they still aren’t there. So I start freaking out because we didn’t have any fresh muffins, scones, etc. that the bakers make fresh every morning. I didn’t know how to make them!
    Finally, my co-workers arrive and I go off. They look at me like I was insane. Turns out I got to the bakery TWO hours early. They told me what time it really was and I was so embarrassed. When I got back to my dorm room my roommate and I figured out what the problem was. I had just bought a new digital alarm clock that apparently changes with the time change all on its own. So when I went and turned the clock back an hour, the clock itself also turned it back an hour.
    No wonder I was extra tired.”

    You can read more daylight savings stories on my website link.

  5. Idiots R us -  October 1, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    I guess there are some idiots out there that think they cannot run their own lives and need the government to do it for them…….Max!

  6. Ian -  March 26, 2013 - 4:41 am

    Some writing here believe DS is unnatural. But what is unnatural is the human clock. The most natural time of day is sunrise. As summer progresses, 9am gets further and further from sunrise. We really should have a clock that follows nature better. DS in part helps adjust the clock to natural time. A fixed clock is the most unnatural.

  7. Coolio -  October 1, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    haha there’s a name here i saw that just reminded me of my baby!!!! yeah i just commented this and its so unrelated to the topic and i really dont care. a comment is a comment about anything :)

  8. sherryyu -  November 9, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    u now its just a waste of time to switch time

  9. Socrates -  November 9, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    DST is a nuisance. More people, businesses and institutions are troubled than helped by it. And it certainly does not help save energy for those people who stay up late, which is most of us. DST just takes the fun out of your “Feierabend”, unless you’re a gopher.

  10. Wil Wright IV -  November 8, 2011 - 11:05 am

    DST is not an acronym (as stated in the article). To be an acronym the letters must be used to make a “word,” such as RADAR, NATO, LASER. Initials such as USA, OWS, DST and EDT are not acronyms.

  11. Garrett -  November 8, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Doesn’t this get a little off the topic question?

  12. Max -  November 8, 2011 - 6:05 am

    Wow, I’m really surprised that so many anti-government idiots read Dictionary.com’s blog!

  13. Adomac -  September 23, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Do you really want to save money ?, don’t adjust the clocks, better don’t buy it !!

  14. tempera paint -  February 8, 2011 - 1:35 am

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  15. Zippi -  December 29, 2010 - 6:21 pm

    I must correct you; here, in England, it is called British Summer Time. There is no single “British English.” There is, however, Standard Modern English.
    With regard to the daylight, we, in £ondon, experience 5 hours more daylight in mid-Summer as we do in mid-Winter. I know this because I am eosophobic. I go to bed jut before Dawn so, I know when the Sun gets up. My sleep patterns change very slowly, throughout the year. I like the WInter, because there is less light but having to get up so close to bed time is a pain. The further North that you travel in Britain, the less daylight you will receive. Given the average length of the working day and the amount of available daylight, in Winter, you will either experience darkness in the morning, or darkness in the evening. depending, of course, on what time you get up. Given that we live in a world of flexible working hours, I don’t see a problem there, however, for school children, travelling to or from home in darkness is significant.
    Personally, I’m in favour of maintaining the status quo, if, however, we had to scrap the change, I would keep Greenwich Mean Time; this was, after all, the first standard time.

  16. Curly Hair -  November 17, 2010 - 3:59 am

    @mark v:

    Yes. That is true. Notice that Dictionary.com stated saving electricity as one of the reasons for DST.

  17. David -  November 9, 2010 - 5:29 am

    And cows hate it…

    And dogs that need to be let out…

    And 8 year old duaghter’s bladders…

    And babys who get up to eat at the time they are used to whether the clock says so or not…

    All these things happen when they normally would have, just now they happen an hour ealier in the fall… until we get re-acclimated. Then we change back in the spring. When you have little kids in the house you don’t even get you “extra hour” on the day of the change in the fall, because they all wake up an hour early (like what is “normal”). Then spring comes and you have to pull teeth to get them out of bed for a week after that change.

    Hassle doesn’t even begin to describe…

    and now I have officially eaten up my mythical “extra hour” ranting about why DST is mindless, so I guess i didn’t really need it anyway…

  18. David -  November 9, 2010 - 5:19 am

    More crankiness – if you like having the “extra hour” to do stuff in the evening, here’s the solution without changing clocks. Get up an hour ealier and do it in the first rays of the morning light! What, you don’t want to, you say? Well guess what – you are every summer whether you want to or not. That’s my beef – someone “higher up” decided we should all get up an hour early. And as for farmers… they get up with the sun, (and always have) to make the most of whatever day light they are given. The only difference is that the clock says 6:30 DST in the summer instead of 5:30 Standard Time – no big deal to them – the work has to be done, and they work hard and do it regardless of the clock.

  19. David -  November 9, 2010 - 5:09 am

    P.S. Winter Time is STANDARD time – But recently we have moved the time changes earlier in the spring, and later in the fall. We now only have 5 months in which 12:00 Noon actually conicides with when the sun is directly overhaed and highest in the sky (the astronomer’s definition of “mid-day” noon)… and yes I’m cranky… someone recently messed with my clocks and I’m not getting the right amount of sleep! Did you know that there more than the average ammount of car accidents during the week after the time changes? Hmmmm…

  20. allitwist -  November 8, 2010 - 7:32 pm

    I’m not bothered by time change. I am accustomed to change. Life is change and without it life would be quite boring.

  21. David -  November 8, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Hate the time change! Messes with my sleep routine, and why? The sun comes up earlier in the summer. Those of us who are not morning people would not get up with the sunrise (at 5:30), if we didn’t have to, to be to work. We’d stay in bed as long as we could without being late, and sleep through an hour of daylight. So be it… BUT NOOOOOOO! When the sun starts getting up earlier in the spring , we’re supposed to, too. The argument is “you got going an hour earlier, now you have an extra hout of time tonight after work before the sun goes down.” Yes, but will I sleep durring that hour like I would have this morning? No! I will just go without that hour of sleep. Fine if you are a morning person. I’m not. Get up early if you want – I’ll be to work at 10:00.

  22. mark v -  November 8, 2010 - 9:00 am

    I thought its origin had something to do with farming?
    allowing them to work in the light more than they normally would, when electricity was more of a luxury.

    Fields get reeeeeal dark. >_<

  23. G-bee -  November 7, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    right on silver fang!

  24. Akpene Dzikum -  November 7, 2010 - 11:55 am

    This is one of the most stupid things the developed nations have “developed”. I simply do not see the sense in fiddling with the clock. Why not just tell everybody to go to work an hour late. Thank you Denny and Silver.

    Akpene Dzikum

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  26. Fools Drink Tea -  November 7, 2010 - 9:51 am

    I like “The Hot Word” despite its spastic delivery.

  27. Joseph -  November 7, 2010 - 8:50 am

    I have got several clocks in my small apartment, so I never change to saving times. Some of my clocks (mostly wall clocks) always tell summer time, some tell winter time. I even have a clock telling time 5 minutes ahead so that I won’t get late for work.
    I agree with saving-times, in spite of the fact that I don’t save anything, it makes me more aware of the celestial workings, and I need about a week to adapt, and get tired later, or sooner accordingly.

  28. pam g -  November 7, 2010 - 8:42 am


  29. Russ -  November 7, 2010 - 8:16 am

    No surprise that a couple of cranky types would post crying about having to change their clocks. Sure, change all the hours of operation of all businesses and have to update all that info twice a year in all the places it’s kept!

    I like having sunlight in summer in the evening so I can do things after work, and it’s helpful in winter to at least have some sunlight in the morning for the kids going out to the school bus stops or walking to school so they don’t have to do it in the dark. It’s not that much of a big deal people.

  30. Wrasfish -  November 7, 2010 - 7:49 am

    I always figured it was a plot devised by the manufacturers of car batteries. It doubles the number of spring days during which you leave for work in the dark and arrive in bright daylight, and then forget to turn off your headlights. It also doubles the number of days you find yourself driving into the sunrise, unable to see when the traffic signal changes (not to worry; the guy behind you can always see it, and will helpfully lean on his horn to let you know when it’s safe, in his opinion, for you to go).

  31. texasdancer -  November 7, 2010 - 5:37 am

    If they’re going to borrow an hour for six (or more!) months, I want to get 15 minutes interest back in the fall!

  32. Elijah -  November 7, 2010 - 4:43 am

    keep clocks on time to increase daylight in morning for those working night shift. no more changing it just causes sleep and health problems by changing sleep pattern.

  33. trinh -  November 7, 2010 - 4:15 am

    who can help me distinguish “possible”, “may be”, “maybe” and “perhaps” ???

  34. Alan Turner -  November 7, 2010 - 4:05 am

    DST is an abomination suited only for the whim of politicians. The cows hate it.

  35. Nikki -  November 7, 2010 - 3:08 am

    I have just located a mistake. Please suppose “reads it first?” in Silver Fang’s reply is “reads it first!”


  36. Nikki -  November 7, 2010 - 3:07 am

    Cyberquill – Driver’s Licence is grammatically correct. Yet many people use “Driver Licence” that it is alternatively used. However, grammatically, if they do not want to put the ownage apostrophe and an s they should make it “driving licence”. It is a good topic to raise :)

    Silver Fang – Because your comment was first everyone reads it first? Make use of your opportunity to “advertise” what you have to say. What you commented doesn’t really make sense. True, some may think that DST is just a hassle, but on behalf of the ones who want DST to continue, no one can take DST away!! Consider the others and what they have to say.

    As to Hot Word…major improvement. Very good topic to write about. People like to know about slang and grammar, and what is correct; what is formal and what is conversational. Keep it up if you want more demand!!


  37. Henry Slurp -  November 7, 2010 - 2:38 am


  38. Hetty -  November 7, 2010 - 1:45 am

    It’s a hassle! In the spring people end up getting one less hour of sleep. I heard that there are a higher number of traffic accidents on that day related to fatigue. It’s too confusing to keep up with. It might have been helpful back a long time ago but now days it just doesn’t make sense.

  39. sandy -  November 6, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    I would love to see DST done away with. It’s unnecessary, and it’s a pain in the neck.

  40. pharmacy technician -  November 6, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  41. smoothius -  November 6, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    driver license, driver’s license; same effect intellectually when you think sbout it. wanna explore possibilities? try ‘license to drive’. wait, let it sit, think about it. hmmmmmmm:)

  42. smoothius -  November 6, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    daylight savings as a money saver/energy saver i really don’t know, but coming from someone who works in the green industry i can tell you that the time change gives us another workable hour(because of daylight) within the timeframe of supplier hours and customer hours. plus i just love that extra hour of sleep this one fall day. consequently there is that one day in the spring where the hour is lost… oh well i tend to focus on the bonuses in life; so tonight 60 min more zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz:)

    daylight savings is a convenience to us people who’s working lives are directly affected by the rise and fall of the sun and the duration of the day. it’s much easier to change the clock an hour than it is to adjust thousands or even millions of small businesses’ business hours

  43. first last -  November 6, 2010 - 8:23 pm

    since when does doing the WRONG thing enough times make it RIGHT ?
    and i quote
    But because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable
    yay for DICK-shunary dot com

  44. abc -  November 6, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    what about a Nosy Parker;a gadfly–a person who gives very unsolicited advice is called grace of God.

  45. Ann -  November 6, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    I think it should be Driving License (like Hunting, Fishing . . .)or Driver’s License, not Driver License.

  46. sherryyu -  November 6, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    jk i’m back boo boo boo

  47. sherryyu -  November 6, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    ahhhhh wat i hat the blog thaat was posted last week haha byeeeeeeeeeee!and leaving

  48. sherryyu -  November 6, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    its drivers license

  49. sherryyu -  November 6, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    wow idk wat is the correct pharse but i thinc its daily savings time :o

  50. Joyce -  November 6, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    Please get rid of it. I lose sleep the beginning and end of it because it affects my “normal” routine.

  51. Cyberquill -  November 6, 2010 - 2:41 pm

    How about Driver License versus Driver’s License? I keep seeing both versions. Which is correct?

  52. Denny Neff -  November 6, 2010 - 2:04 pm

    Just as businesses change their advertising to target certain seasons, I feel that they should adjust their hours of operation accordingly instead of the government compelling people to change their clocks either forward or back one hour. I awake the sake time each day and go to sleep at the same hour. My changing my clock does not effect when I get tired nor when I awake. Those who need to get started a little earlier in the summer or a little later in the winter, should feel free to do so, JUST LEAVE MY CLOCK ALONE while you do it.

  53. Silver Fang -  November 6, 2010 - 1:55 pm

    It’s a hassle. Do away with it!


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